James and Katrina Martin embark on a vacation to Botswana with their nieces and nephews in late 2002. Because it is now the time of the rains the height of the tourist season is over and they are looking forward to a relaxing trip with their family. Unfortunately for them warring factions in the Congo have designs which will impact their trip and they find themselves in the middle of yet another conflict in the Congo. Their flight from London to Johannesburg strays into what has become a war zone and catastrophe follows. Together with their nieces and nephews the Martins must survive the incident and make their way to safety before the Congolese rebels find them.
It is a race against time for all the parties involved, hampered by tropical storms and the poor travelling conditions in the southern Congo and northeastern Angola. Search and rescue efforts are made difficult by the sheer isolation of the area and by the ever present remnants of other civil wars that have plagued Central Africa.